Programs & Exhibitions

Collections Collaborative: Print Metadata Seminar

The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
January 25, 2008

Forging Agreement about Description
Günter Waibel, Program Officer, RLG Programs, OCLC

Günter Waibel provided context and vision for the day by pondering access to digital collections in a networked age. His talk provided thoughts on how to position digital collections in an environment dominated by search engines and social networking sites, ideas on how to forge agreements about description in an environment of divergent practices, and comments on integrating resources housed in different systems.

Mixing and Matching Data Standards at The Morgan Library & Museum
Elizabeth O'Keefe, Director of Collection Information Systems, Morgan Library

Elizabeth O'Keefe's presentation discussed the Morgan's experience with applying a variety of data content standards and vocabularies within its MARC-format integrated library system, which uses Voyager software. The collections of the Morgan Library & Museum include rare and reference printed books and serials, medieval, literary and historical, and music manuscripts, archival collections, drawings, prints, and photographs, and art and cultural objects. In order to describe these materials adequately, catalogers use data content standards developed by both the library and the museum communities, including AACR and its various satellite codes, CCO, and DACS, and vocabularies such as LCSH, the RBMS thesauri, AAT, and locally developed vocabularies. The presentation discussed the positives and negatives of this approach, with special attention to the cataloging of prints, which have a foot in both the library and the museum worlds.

Cataloguing prints on the British Museum Collection Database
Tanya Szrajber, Head of Documentation, Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science, The British Museum

Tanya Szrajber focused on the data fields used to catalogue prints at the British Museum, regardless of date, origin, or format. Data entry screens will be shown and discussed in relation to an example from the database itself. Various forms of terminology (vocabulary) controls were also presented and discussed.